In times of conflict, ordinary people can do extraordinary things.
Conflict is an inevitable, and an inescapable facet of our human life. Conflict is what gives us the opportunity to grow, develop and prosper. The way in which we respond to conflict is what set’s us aside from others, hence revealing out true inner selves. Actions speak louder than words. It’s a commonly used phrase, but what does it actually mean? The way we are perceived by others is not determined by what we are thinking-it’s determined by the way we handle the various situations in life. Some individuals get lost in their adverse thoughts about the consequences of what they are experiencing, while others rise above the rest and accept, even challenge what they are facing. Bruce Beresford’s Paradise Road shows us how the most ordinary of people can make the most dramatic and extraordinary differences to the outcomes of the conflicts of the people around them as well as their own.
It is often the case that the most successful people in life are not those that have the most successful people in life are not those that have the most intelligence or even the most knowledge, but rather those who have the ability to keep on striving, and the strength to keep pushing themselves until they achieve what they desire. The women in 'Paradise Road' come across a number of different conflicts due to the circumstances that they are forced into. Their harsh experiences are due to the global conflicts of World War 2, environmental conflict due to the hostile physical conditions, racial conflicts, inner conflicts and the list goes on. Many of the women respond to the conflicts in different ways, however the approach that some of them take heavily influences the prisoners around them. Susan, who is said to be the “shyest little thing at nursing school”, is able to find an unexpected inner strength and confidence that allows her to endure a cruel and horrific punishment from the Japanese. This incident...
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